Championship leader David Wall has topped the single practice session for Porsche Carrera Cup Australia at Bathurst.
The PAYCE, Wilson Security driver, who is also co-driving with Rick Kelly in the Bathurst 1000, set a 2:09.056 going to the top of the time sheets despite an off track excursion early in the session.
Wall brought out the red-flag only a few minutes into the 50-minute session, spinning into the gravel on the outside of Turn 1, causing a short stoppage.
When the session got back underway, Andre Heimgartner, Jaxon Evans and Alex Davison, continued to drop their lap times as teams put fresh rubber on the cars.
Heimgartner was sitting fastest as the clock counted down to zero, but Wall eclipsed the Kiwi’s time on his final lap, going 0.391secs faster.
“The turn one spin was just a mistake and proved that we’re all pushing pretty hard,” said Wall.
“I’ve been pumping myself up all day to get back in the Porsche as I really enjoy it.
“We tuned the car during the session; I wasn’t really happy with it at the start of the session and, bit by bit, it came to us and I eventually got a clean lap to top the session. ”
We’ll go to bed happy tonight.”
Max Twigg set the pace early on in the Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge class, before the Carrera Cup returnee found the wall at Skyline.
Twigg was able to drive his car back to the pits, even with extensive damage to the front right, avoiding another red flag.
Carrera Challenge points leader Stephen Grove then bettered Twigg’s time in the latter stages, to go fastest in class with a 2:11.925.
“The practice session was good but this is a tough track and you’ve just got to keep building,” said Grove.
“I wasn’t too quick at the start of the session but we just kept chipping away at it and finished pretty well.
“The other Challenge drivers will be quick tomorrow; I think I just took a bit more risk.
“I know this track pretty well and there’s no question that I was on the limit in some parts. I just took a little more risk – calculated risk – but they’ll catch up, they always do.”
Carrera Cup Australia returns to the track on Friday morning for Qualifying at 10am, followed by a 16-lap race in the afternoon.